Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Tim Hortons on McNaughton Avenue in Wallaceburg closed due to COVID-19 concerns

The Tim Hortons restaurant, located at 60 McNaughton Avenue in Wallaceburg, is closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

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“Our restaurant is temporarily closed due to the evolving health situation,” read a note posted inside the door of the restaurant, signed by owners Paula and Mike Grail.

“Please visit the closest Tim Hortons located at 848 Dufferin Avenue. We apologize for an inconvenience.”

While there are currently three workplace outbreaks as of Thursday across Chatham-Kent, Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit officials confirmed the Tim Hortons situation is not one of them.

“There has been no outbreak at this business,” Stephanie Egelton, community outreach and public relations officer for CK Public Health, told the Sydenham Current.

“However, we can confirm that the business closed due to approximately 20 of their staff being isolated. They were identified as contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19. The owners closed the store on their accord.”

Reports say the recently announced outbreaks at KFC and Taco Bell in Chatham are not directly connected to the Tim Hortons closure in Wallaceburg, but there are some links among them.

Published reports indicate the McNaughton Avenue Tim Hortons will re-open on November 25, after it is cleaned and sanitized.

As of Thursday, the active COVID-19 case count across Chatham-Kent sits at 33, CK Public Health officials say.

There are currently three active workplace outbreaks: KFC and Taco Bell in Chatham, and one undisclosed business, which is not accessible to the public.

19 of the active cases are linked to close contact, nine are linked to workplace outbreaks, four are pending more information and one is unknown.

The total number of cases in Chatham-Kent sits at 473.

One person is currently hospitalized with COVID-19 from Chatham-Kent.

To date, 437 people have recovered from the virus in Chatham-Kent, while three people have died.

A total of 41,677 tests for the virus have been completed to date.

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